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Monday, February 10, 2014

D minus 1

I'm spending a couple of days at Riverside Community Hospital learning more than I ever wanted to know about hernias.  My particular hernia is called a Ritcher Hernia....a particularly dangerous one.   If not reduced quickly it can result in part of your intestine dying.  By the time I arrived at RCH it had been 12 hours since the onset of symptoms.   Fortunately only a small piece of intestine had bit the dust......about the size of a quarter, which the doctor was able to quickly excise and repair. 

I woke up from the anesthetic about 7:15....of course it only seemed like a few minutes that I was out and not the 3+ hours I was under the knife.  TLE was summoned from the waiting room and I attempted to communicate with her, but the words just would not form..... It seemed add if my whole body had been given a shot of novacane.  I wanted some water in the worst kind of way. 

Around noon I needed to go to the bathroom, but I just could not relax enough to go so the nurse had to cathterize me.....she did what they call a straight cathiter..... put it in and then take it out after I urinated..... she warned me that if they had to do it again it might be in for up to a week.....okay, that got my attention.   The catheterization was as uncomfortable as one would imagine....especially when a woman you do not know, and have never met before is handling your manhood, and you just sit there acting like this happens every day. 

I slept a lot during the day, and when I wasn't sleeping I was watching sports I would never ever watch on the Winter Olympics..... sports like Curling, Biathalon, Women's Hockey. 

Not much else to report.....based on the information I have gathered it looks as if I will be out of action for a few weeks. 

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. - Please excuse my spelling..... I'm using my phone to write the blog and it is challenging to say the least.

6 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you're doing OK Clarke. As I said before, if there's anything we can do to help, please reach out. We're in Mesa, AZ right now, but we're mobile.

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    1. Mike, your offer touched my heart. Thank you!

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  2. Hey Clarke! Bummed to hear what happened but glad you are well!

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  3. Thank you Mike and Dennis for your concern.... life is what happens when you are making plans.

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  4. Is it fair to say it is D minus 1 and holding? And believe me when I say, I feel your pain and discomfort. --Dave (GoingRvWay.com) PS: I thought the problem with spelling in last blog was due to the heavy medication I figured you were on...never thought about it being a cell phone posting...perhaps it was the combination of both.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your illness. Praying you are up and around soon.

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